Gray Hawk

Buteo plagiatus

Gray Hawks range throughout much of Mexico, all of Central America, and most of South America north of Argentina. They are resident throughout this range, but a few migrate across the Mexican border to breed in Texas and southern Arizona. These birds are summer visitors north of Mexico, but are resident throughout the rest of their range.

Science views all Gray Hawks north of Costa Rica as monotypic (no subspecies). In the past, the Gray-Lined Hawk (Buteo nitidus) was lumped with the Gray Hawk, but DNA studies have ruled them as a separate species.

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